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NEWS Indian Capital to shine with fourth annual Gallup Film Festival GALLUP FILM FESTIVAL BACKED BY CITY, FANS
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or the past few years, or ga n i z er s of t he Gallup Film Festival have rolled out the red carpet for superstars of small independent films, notable filmmakers, and up-and-coming screen celebrities trying to make a name for themselves in the film industry.
“This festival has a lot of variety in terms of film offerings,” GFF Director Knifewing Segura said. “We have shorts, comedies, dramas, foreign films. There is something for everyone. I think everyone will enjoy themselves.” Segura, a former Gallup Police Department officer, as well as the founder and CEO of the Downtown Conference Center, said question-a nd
to be shown at the El Morro Theatre Sept. 16, 17, and 18. Natasha Hale is slated to give a talk or two this weekend. Hale (formerly Natasha Johnson) is a Native American progra m ma nager for the Grand Canyon Trust — a nonprofit that works to protect the land, water, and air quality of the Grand Canyon. Hale’s originally from Twin Lakes, on the Navajo Nation, and was the lead actress in Turquoise Rose (2007), a drama directed and produced by Flagstaff-based Travis Holt Hamilton and shot primarily on the Navajo Nation.
The opening-night agenda for the Gallup Film Festival i nclude s t he s e s sion by Sensmeier and a meet-andgreet kick-off party at the
HOW DID GALLUP FILM FEST GET ITS START?
Gallup Film Festival Director Knifewing Segura’s songs were scored into the Italian film Jonathan Degli Orsi (1994). Segura, Chiricahua Apache, who also snagged a role in the film alongside Floyd Red Crow Westerman, is the owner of Downtown Gallup Events Center and hosts this year’s festival. Photo Credit: Courtesy Many arrive at the event with their latest and often as-yet unreleased films in tow, while some engage with the audience in question-and-answer sessions after a screening. This year is no exception, with film stars like Martin Sensmeier set to appear at the El Morro Theatre — the primary venue for the festival — on Sept. 17 for a special sit-down with filmgoers. Sensmeier is from the Tlingit a nd Koy ukon-Athaba ska n tribes of Alaska. He joins Denzel Washington in the debut of A ntoine F uqua’s upcoming The Magnificent Seven, which will hit theaters late September.
answer-sessions, for the most part, represent the glitzy side of film festivals. But, he said, there’s also an equally significant aspect of film festivals that’s often obscured among the new faces and star-power that come to town. “I think a big thing about film festivals, and certainly this film festival, is the exposure the relatively small number of nascent filmmakers receive for having their films selected for screening and possible future distribution,” Segura explained. “A lot of times a film festival, no matter what your inclusion, is the first step toward a career in film or TV.” Some 46 films are slated
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Downtown Conference Center, 204 W. Coal Ave. “We’re psyched this year because we’ve extended the advertising to across the country,” Segura said. “We have films from as far away as Iran, Canada, Spain, from places in the former Soviet Union, Poland, Italy, France, and of course, the United States. From the feedback I’m getting from the community and from the people who’ve submitted films, this looks like it’s going to be big. Real big.”
Actor Martin Sensmeier, Tlingit/Koyukon-Athabaskan, stars in the blockbuster film the Magnificent Seven, slated for release in theaters Sept. 23. He’ll be at the Gallup Film Festival – El Morro Theatre Friday at 7 pm for a Q&A with the audience. Photo Credit: Courtesy
As a volunteer video coordinator at the El Morro Theatre — which has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1988 — several years ago, Segura, who is Chiricahua Apache, worked alongside his Navajo wife, Beverly Newman, who was the theater manager at the time. The two wondered what could be done annually to draw people from Gallup’s art and film community. The plan hit an impasse when Newman was transferred to another city job across town. But Segura kept ahold of the film idea and put on the first festival three years ago. He said attendance has steadily grown over the years. This year, the city of Gallup NEWS
THE FORMAT The $5 tickets are good for “blocks” of showings on specified days, meaning film-goers may see multiple films on any given day. Navajo film star Roger Willie (Windtalkers, 2002) is on tap to promote the film, The Watchman’s Canoe, with Director Barrie Chase. Bands and soloist round out the event, with performances by Ga r y Fa r mer a nd t he Troublemakers, Levi Platero, Clan-Destine, Kelly Mortenson, and Fate’s Destiny. Segura said throughout the festival, audience members will be asked to anonymously cast votes for their favorite films. There are recognitions for best
Award-winning director and filmmaker Barrie Chase will present the trailer for her film, The Watchman’s Canoe, alongside actor Roger Willie Saturday evening. Photo Credit: Courtesy
Navajo educator, artist, and actor Roger Willie will present the trailer, The Watchman’s Canoe, alongside Director Barri Chase Saturday evening. Willie stars in this film, set in 1969. It’s the story of a light-skinned Native American girl’s trials and tribulations as she grows up on the reservation. Photo Credit: Courtesy awarded the festival $16,000 in lodgers tax funding. It was the first time the festival received such funding in its shor t history. “That was a blessing, and I am very thankful for it,” Segura said of the lodgers tax
award. “To say that [the festival’s] now on the map is an understatement.”
FILM SAMPLE The Chickasaw Nationproduced film Te Ata was
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Clan-Destine is slated to perform at the the Downtown Conference Center at 5:45 pm Sept. 17. Photo Credit: Courtesy Americans have made to this great country.”
male and female actors, best editor, best foreign film, and best screenplay. Information: For a full schedule, visit: gallupfilmfestival.com or go to page 22 of the Calendar section. Friday night kick-off party: $10; Saturday and Sunday films: $5 per block. Weekend pass Sept. 17 & 18: $30 (does not include Friday’s Kick-Off Party). To Purchase Tickets: Gallup Downtown Conference Center, 204 West Coal Ave. Place your order for Will Call at (505) 722-8982.
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Downtown Gallup receives Historic District designation CERTAIN BUSINESSES NOW QUALIFY FOR FEDERAL AND STATE BENEFITS
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
n Sept. 8, New Mexico MainStreet and the New Mexico Historic Preservation Div i sion a n nou nced t hat Gallup’s original commercial area is the state’s newest National Register historic district. The 12-block area has the highest concentration of historic commercial buildings in Gallup, with roots in Native American and Route 66 cultures, coal mining, and the arrival of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad in 1881. “To be a part of this, your building has to be at least 60 years old,” Louis Bonaguidi, owner and operator of City Electric at 230 W. Coal Ave., said. Bonaguidi is president of
Gallup’s 36-block Business Improvement District. “It’s a designation that is very much appreciated. And one that carries some benefits,” he said. The historic district designation r uns a long West
Historic Highway 66 and West Coal Avenue, and is bound by South Puerco Drive to the east, and South Seventh Street to the west. Sixty buildings and structures erected between 1881 and 1966 comprise the district, and the building owners
Gallup’s original commercial area, which includes Coal Avenue, shown above, is the state’s newest National Register historic district. Photo Credit: NativeStars
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are now eligible for federal and state preservation tax credits toward preservation. In New Mexico, preservation tax credits are administered by the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division. The state and National Register nominations were approved by the state Cultural Properties Review Committee of HPD and the National Park Service over the summer. The Gallup district is notable for hosting the parade
portion of the annual InterTribal Indian Ceremonial, which began in 1922 and continues to be a popular event. The parade route includes
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McKinley County seeking deputy manager FOUR AREA CANDIDATES VYING FOR $74K-PLUS JOB on qualifications. When would McKinley County like to see someone fill the position? “As soon as we find the right qualified person,” Decker said. “We’re hoping that’s going to be sooner rather than later.” Decker said the job was advertised statewide and on the New Mexico Association of Counties website. Lee, who resigned from the job in May, said the ball was rolling to put a deputy manager in place before he left the job. Lee worked the job for about 18 months and said the county manager position, which oversees some 300 full-time employees, is busy enough on a daily basis to warrant a second-incharge role. Lee won the District 3 county commission seat in June and begins serving in January. He earned $93,000 annually as county manager, and Dimas, a former Office of Emergency Management director, earns $100,000 a year. “As county manager, your door is open to both county workers and noncounty workers all day and everyday,” Lee said. “I advocated for the deputy position when I was there. And I can tell you that a deputy county job is definitely something that is needed.”
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it h d a i ly bu si ne s s at McKinley County on the rise, there is a definite need for an additional managerial employee. That’s the idea behind the county’s recent job search for a deputy county manager. “We’ve never had this position here before,” McKinley County Attorney Doug Decker said. “We have had some positions that do what an assistant county manager would do. This is a position that needed to be filled.” Decker said a job advertisement closed Sept. 2. McKinley County Human Resources Director Dezirie Gomez said four people applied for the job: Robert Griego of Gallup, Brian Money of Gallup, Chester Carl of Arizona, and John Chapela of the Pueblo of Zuni. Griego is a New Mexico State University graduate and the deputy county treasurer for McKinley County. Money is a graduate of Eastern New Mexico University and is McKinley County’s current assistant human resources director under Gomez. Carl is currently the executive
McKinley County Attorney Doug Decker and County Manager Anthony Dimas. File Photo director of the Hopi Tribal Housing Authority in Polacca, Ariz. He was one of six applicants to apply for the county manager job vacated by Bill Lee and ultimately awarded to Anthony Dimas. Chapela holds undergraduate and law degrees from the University of New
Mexico and is a former Zuni chief tribal judge. Decker said the deputy county manager job “has probably been needed for some time.” He noted that the job pays between $74,000 and $91,000 per year, depending
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Public discussion, screening ‘spotlights’ faith, journalism, sex abuse Staff Reports
n Sept. 24, “Spotlight: A Public Discussion about Faith, Jou r na l ism a nd Protecting Children from Sex Abuse” will be held from 6:30 to 8 pm, at Gallup’s El Morro Theatre, 207 W. Coal Ave. The event is held in conjunction with two free screenings of Spotlight, the 2015 Academy Award-winner Best Picture of the Year. The public is invited to attend the panel discussion and public Q&A. Panelists include Terry McKiernan, of Boston, the founder of BishopAccountability. com and a consultant to Spotlight; Phoenix attorney Robert E. Pastor, who represented 18 clergy sex-abuse claimants in the Diocese of Gallup’s bankruptcy case; Gallup attorney Billy Keeler, who has represented Navajo plaintiffs in Catholic sex abuse lawsuits and currently represents Navajo plaintiffs in abuse
Gallup Council approves telephone participation ordinance COUNCIL MEMBERS NEED NOT PHYSICALLY ATTEND MEETINGS; CAN CALL IN By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
T Academy Award-winning film Spotlight tells the story of a Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that uncovered a decades-long sex-abuse cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment. Photo Credit: Courtesy complaints against the Mormon Church; and Elizabeth HardinBurrola, a freelance journalist who has covered the Gallup Diocese for 14 years. Rachel Kaub, station manager at KGLP Gallup Public Radio, will serve as the event’s moderator. The film, a modern-day suspense drama, tells the true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that
uncovered a decades-long sexabuse cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment. The film will be shown at 3 pm and 8:15 pm, with free admission. The film is rated R, and parents are asked not to bring any children younger than 15. For more information about the event and screening, contact: Elizabeth at (505) 870-0745.
he Gallup City Council unanimously approved a communications mea sure Sept. 13 that allows council members to attended regular meetings via telephone or other communication equipment under circumstances that make it otherwise difficult for a member to physically attend a meeting. The matter was introduced by Cit y At tor ney George Kozeliski, who said the ordinance goes into effect in about a month. “It will be an ordinance in 30 days after it is posted by the city clerk,” he said. “I assume it will be in effect the second meeting in October.”
Kozeliski said as long as there is a quorum of three members of the city council physically present for a meeting, up to two council members may participate in the meeting by means of a conference telephone call or similar communication methods under the following conditions: • Each council member so participating must be identified when speaking. • All participants in the meeting must be able to hear one another at the same time. • Members of the public attending the meeting are able to hear members of the public body who speak during the meeting, including the members participating remotely.
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Ga l lup m a n wa s jailed Sept. 3 on a $10,000 bond after a hit and run following an accident along the Miyamura Overpass, officials said. Gallup Police Department Officer Ryan Blackgoat wrote in a report that Gregory Lee, 40, left the scene of an accident and became belligerent once he was caught in Indian Hills. Lee wa s cha rged w ith assault upon a peace officer; resisting, evading or obstructing an officer; driving on a suspended license; and driving under the influence of alcohol. “The subject refused to stop, only at signs but not to my announcements and sirens,” Blackgoat recorded. “As I was making my announcements the driver would put his hand, with his middle finger in the air waving at me.” Blackgoat was ultimately able to stop Lee and a female passenger at a residence. He
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Gregory Lee drew his service revolver and tased Lee. During the ordeal, Lee appeared intoxicated and repeatedly ignored police commands. He shouted profanities at Blackgoat and denied involvement in the accident. “The subject denied being in any accidents and then cha nged his stor y say ing he was not driving and that the actual driver ran off…” Blackgoat wrote. Lee was no longer in custody Sept. 13, according to jail records. There was no attorney listed for Lee in jail records.
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Gallup man remained jailed Sept. 15 on a $5,000 bond after his Sept. 6 arrest by deputies with the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office on an aggravated battery with a deadly weapon charge. Deputy Arnold Noriega wrote in a police report that the father of Earl Gabriel Murphy, 29, known as “Poncho,” was stabbed in the under-arm area after an alleged fight with his son. The fight started when Murphy, referred to as “Gabe” in the report, asked his father for an undisclosed amount of money. “Poncho Sr. asked Gabe why he didn’t ask for money a long time ago when he was up and not relaxing,” Noriega wrote. “Gabe got upset with this, yelled at his father and told him not to f*** with him.”
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WEEKLY CRIME BLOTTER Staff Reports
METHED UP 9 / 1 0 , GALLUP At 11:47 am, Gallup P o l i c e Department O f f i c e r N i c o l a Martinez and a fellow officer were dispatched to the Allsup’s at 1801 S. Second St., where a victim said Anthony Palacios, 40, tried to run him over and brandished a firearm. A t A l l s u p’s , M a r t i ne z reportedly met with the victim, who said he went there to buy some drinks, when he noticed a maroon SUV. He knew the driver, Palacios, he said, from past conflicts. Palacios held a firearm and shouted at the victim, who worried Palacios would shoot toward his wife and kids. He walked toward Palacios, who was still in the vehicle. “[The victim] stated he told Palacios to get out and fight him,” Martinez wrote in her report. “He stated that he knows Palacios is a meth head.” The vehicle backed up and came toward him, according to the victim, who then hit the hood of Palacios’s car with his fists. Palacios left the scene, eastbound on Nizhoni Avenue.
Witnesses at the Allsup’s said it appeared the driver of the suspect vehicle yelled at the victim who appeared to be minding his own business. The vehicle also looked as if it might run into the victim. An officer located the suspect vehicle off Verdi Street and Aztec Avenue. Palacios threw a pipe out of the window before the stop; it turned out to be meth paraphernalia. He was charged with aggravated assault and tampering with evidence.
NOTA LOTABURGER 9/9, TSE BONITO A t 1:20 pm, McKinley C o u n t y Sher i ff ’s O f f i c e Deputy James Maiorano was on patrol monitoring traffic, when he noticed a white jeep traveling east on Hwy. 264 about a half-mile from the Arizona border. The driver was not wearing a seat belt. Maiorano pulled the car over in the parking lot of Blake’s Lotaburger at 1581 Hwy. 264. The driver looked nervous, and a small child was in a child seat in the front of the car. The driver was shaking. A glass pipe was on the floor behind the front seat, and the
car smelled of marijuana. C a mer on C a r r ol l , 2 6 , handed Maiorano a baggie containing less than an ounce of marijuana when asked for it. Carroll had two warrants out for his arrest on outstanding traffic charges. He was arrested for possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and two bench warrants.
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found a pocketknife on him during a patdown. A small child was laying on one of the two beds. Ahloo told Hughte that he grabbed his gun when he noticed the door was open. He was attempting to protect himself and his child. “He and his fellow coaches just had a meeting and then all left to their rooms,” Hughte wrote. “He admit[ted] that they were consuming alcohol this evening. I asked if there is anything that I should know that happened in the room and he said nothing.” According to the roommate, he and Ahloo went back to the room where they were staying, after alcohol had been consumed, and during a conversation about multiple topics, Ahloo became angry, got his gun, and kept it on his person. “He would hold the gun and pace the room,” Hughte’s report states, and he’d put it down and
pick it back up again. The roommate was worried about Ahloo’s mental state and eventually got ahold of the gun, put it in a bag, and went to call the police. The child remained asleep throughout the episode, according to the roommate. Hughte noticed that Ahloo was very drunk; he dozed off when he was not interacted with. He had a warrant out for his arrest with a $4,000 cashonly bond. When asked if he had any medical conditions, Ahloo said he had post-traumatic stress disorder. He was booked on charges of child endangerment and his active warrant. The handgun had 14 rounds loaded in the magazine. Ahloo was an Albuquerque Young A mer ica n Footba ll League coach at the time of his arrest; he’s since been
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Suspect facebutts deputy By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
hat was initially repor ted a s a domestic violence situation in east Gallup turned into an aggravated battery on a peace officer charge for a Gallup man, according to a Sept. 8 police report. Merl i n Bena l ly of t he McKinley County Sheriff’s Office said Christopher Sam, 25, face-butted him at least once while officers attempted get him to a police car. “He leaned forward, looked back at me, threw his head back and rammed the left side of his face into my face,” Benally recorded in the report. “[Sam] continued to be combative and refused to get into a [police vehicle].” The initial call from dispatch was for assistance in a domestic situation between Sam and an unidentified individual at a mobile home park in east Gallup, but at the scene, nothing was going on. Dispatch later told Benally that Sam was being attended to by Med-Star personnel at a nearby Blake’s Lotaburger, 2666 E. Hwy. 66.
Christopher Sam GPD Lt. Francie Martinez attempted to escort Sam to a police car, but Sam was uncooperative and resistant, so Benally joined in. That’s when Sam head-butted Benally, according to the report. “I felt the a rea where Christopher hit me, below my nose and upper lip and found it to be sore, swollen, red and bleeding and a 5/8 laceration to the inside of my upper lip,” Benally wrote in the report. Sam remained jailed Sept. 15 on a $3,000 bail bond, according to records at the McK i n le y C ou nt y A d u lt Detention Center. NEWS
WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports Legal limit is .08 Donnie Barney Sept. 11, 8:58 pm 4th DWI, Aggravated McKinley C o u n t y Sher iff ’s O f f i c e D e p u t y Lorenzo A . Guerrero was advised of a vehicle with a possibly drunk driver at T&R Market at 667 N. Hwy. 491 in Yatahay. Guerrero was informed the vehicle was in the parking lot and security was on hand. On arrival, Guerrero met with a security guard who said the vehicle had been parked at a pump when he first made contact with the driver, who was slumped inside. There was an open container of beer in the car. The driver drove to the parking lot. Guerrero found the pickup truck there, with a male and a female inside. The female was in the driver’s seat, and the male said he’d not been driving, but the female eventually said Barney, 32, had in fact been the driver. Barney failed field sobriety tests and refused breath testing. This was his fourth DWI. Many A. Marks Sept. 11, 10:17 pm DWI, Aggravated Gallup Police Department Officer Victor Rodriguez was
d i s pa t che d t o 13 01 E . Hw y 6 6 i n reference to a p o s s i bl y drunk driver i n a wh it e veh icle. At t he s c e ne , Rod r iguez fou nd a wh ite vehicle that drove off and jumped the curb as Rodriguez approached. The suspect vehicle swerved in the road, and eventually turned right onto Aztec Avenue. Rodriguez pulled the car over in an alley off Aztec Avenue; it had continued to swerve and hit a curb when it stopped. Marks, 28, smelled of alcohol but said she had not been drinking. She failed field sobriety tests. There were two small children in the vehicle, ages 4 and 7. Marks blew .19 and .20 during breath testing. Wilbert Morgan Sept. 9, 10:37 pm 3rd DWI, Aggravated G P D Officer John Gonzales was on patrol on E. Hw y. 66 when he noticed a g r ay Ford Expedition traveling west matching the description of a suspect vehicle in a domestic violence incident involving weapons at 263 Hwy. 566 in Church Rock.
Officers pulled the vehicle over at the intersection of Highway 66 and Coal Avenue. Morgan, 32, hit the curb when he was pulled over. There were several open containers in the car, and Morgan was handcuffed and searched for weapons. Morgan admitted to drinking. His license was invalid. This was his third DWI. Rolena Wilson Sept. 9, 5:45 pm DWI, Aggravated M C S O D e p u t y J a m e s Garylie was not i f ied of a r e ck le s s and possibly intox icated driver in a maroon sedan at the rock climbing area of Mentmore Road. At the entrance of the rock climbing area, Garylie noticed a maroon vehicle pass him and head east. The car was speeding and turned south onto County Road 1. It then turned onto Klagetoh Drive before turning into the Klagetoh apartments at 333 Klagetoh Dr. in Gallup. A bottle of whiskey was in the driver’s door. Wilson, 34, refused to step out of the car, and Garylie assisted her. She had trouble maintaining balance. Wilson failed field sobriety tests and refused breath testing.
Timothy O. Deschine Sept. 8, 10:11 pm 2nd DWI, Aggravated Traveling west on Highway 66, GPD Officer Douglas Hoffman n o t i c e d another westbound vehicle run a red light at Ford Street. It also drove over the white shoulder line, almost hitting the curb before weaving back into its lane. Hoffman pulled the vehicle over at 700 E. Hwy. 66. Deschine, 56, had bloodshot, watery eyes, a blank stare, and slurred speech. He admitted to drinking about six drinks and said it was his birthday. He was on his way to work, drunk. He failed field sobriety tests and refused breath testing. He did not have a license. Aralynn V. Harrison Sept. 8, 1:04 am DWI, Aggravated G P D O f f i c e r Doug la s Hoffman was sitting on Highway 66 across from the Shalimar at 2618 W. Hwy 66, when he noticed a small red car back into a white car, then pull forward and back up, hitting it again. The vehicle that had been hit was nearly pushed into the road. The red car drove eastbound through the parking lot, where Hoffman made contact with Harrison, 33. Harrison had bloodshot, watery eyes and smelled of alcohol. She staggered as she
stepped out of the vehicle, and almost fell. She failed field sobriety tests and blew .23 twice during breath testing. Terrelene Begay Sept. 2, 9:52 pm DWI G P D Officer John Gonzales was working a DWI checkpoint on Aztec Av e n u e a t the Eleventh Street intersection, when a white Pontiac arrived at the stop. The driver smelled of alcohol. Begay, 33, who was the driver, and the passenger were asked to exit the vehicle, and Begay admitted to drinking. She failed field sobriety tests and blew a .08 on the breath test. Manison Linkin Sept. 2, 11:08 pm DWI, Aggravated G P D O f f i c e r H a rl a nd Soseeah was a t a DW I c he ck p oi nt in the a rea of Eleventh Street a nd Aztec Avenue, when he was notified of a green GMC truck driven by a male, and with open containers of alcohol inside. Soseeah approached the suspect vehicle and made contact with Linkin, 57, who admitted to having had a few drinks. When asked to perform a field sobriety test, Linkin said, “I know I’m drunk and I can’t do the test.” He blew .17 and .18 during breath testing, and his license was not valid.
Carjacking suspects jailed on $50K bond SUSPECTS BEAT, ROBBED VICTIM IN WALMART PARKING LOT assaulted and dragged from a maroon 2007 Ford F-150 pickup truck by two males. The suspects stole the truck and headed east on Maloney
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
ccording to records at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center, two suspects who carjacked a female in the parking lot of the Walmart Supercenter at 1656 W. Maloney Ave. on Sept. 7 remained in jail Sept. 15, each on a $50,000 cash-only bond. Patterson Cleveland, 23, and Philbert Smith, 27, were arrested on aggravated battery and robbery charges. Accord i ng to a pol ice repor t , Ga l lup Pol ice NEWS
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Gallup remembers Sept. 11, 2001 INDIAN CAPITAL COMES TOGETHER FOR REMEMBRANCE, PRAYER By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
e ver a l do z e n a r e a people gat hered at the McKinley County Courthouse the morning of Sept. 11 to honor those who lost their lives 15 years
ago during the terrorist events of Sept. 11, 2001. The free event was put on by the city of Gallup and attended by folks from around greater McKinley County. Mayor Jackie McKinney delivered a short address and said police officers and first
Mayor Jackie McKinney and his wife Sandra mingled Sept. 11 at the Courthouse. Photo Credit: NativeStars
An officer reads a list of fallen fire fighters at the 9/11 remembrance ceremony at Courthouse Square on Sept. 11. Photo Credit: NativeStars
responders work daily under sometimes trying conditions to help ensure the safety of people under their watch. He said the sacrifices made by first responders that day in 2001 must never be forgotten. “These are remarkable people,” McKinney said. The mayor a nd Ga llup Pol ice Depa r t ment Ch ief Phillip Hart were keynote
speakers at the remembrance ceremony. “There are people in the world who don’t like what America stands for,” Mckinney said. Hart, a career law enforcement officer, said he was living
the news that day,” the police chief said. Officers, firefighters, deputies, and civilians bowed their heads in silence during intervals of the ceremony as members of the Gallup Fire Department and Police Honor
A flag raised during a free 9/11 remembrance ceremony at the McKinley County Courthouse Square. Photo Credit: NativeStars and working in Spokane, Wash., when he heard the news of the terrorist attacks. He said the men and women who died trying to save people at the World Trade Center in New York City were heroes who should be remembered forever. “This is the first time that I’ve attended an event like this,” Hart said. “I remember very vividly the events that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001.” Hart said he was especially concerned 15 years ago because his father was an airline pilot for United Airlines. United Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville, Pa., after taking off from Newark International Airport in New Jersey, bound for San Francisco. Hart’s father was not flying that plane, but the matter hit close to home, Hart said. “I tried to stay abreast of
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Guards went through the posting of colors and a presentation of wreaths. Ga l lup F i re Ba t t a l ion C h i e f M ic h a e l Hof f m a n recited the 9/11 events, and a national anthem was sung by Renee Jaramillo. Gallup Councilwoman Fran Palochak, a U.S. Navy veteran, gave an invocation. Gallup Deputy Fire Chief Jesus Morales provided opening and closing remarks, and GPD Officer Kelly Akeson played “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes. E a ch a pprec i a t ed t he ceremony. “Yes, I remember that day,” Palochak recalled. “I think it’s something that none of us will soon forget.” Gallup Councilman Allan
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SEPT. 11, 2001 | FROM PAGE 10 Landavazo said 9/11 is significant for him, as he has a son-inlaw and other family members who currently serve and have served in the military. “I think it’s a very important date for all of us to remember,” Landavazo said. “And I think ceremonies like this are important in terms of reflecting on what happend.” Feliz Martinez, a Vietnam veteran, said people should never take 9/11 for granted. “I don’t like it when I see people bad-mouthing and desecrating the flag,” he said. The Sept. 11, 2001 attacks were a series of four coordinated terrorist air attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda. Aside from the killings, the attacks caused more than $10 billion in property and infrastructure damage. Of the 2,977 people killed,
3 4 3 were f i ref ig ht er s, 6 0 were pol ice of f icer s, a nd four were medics, according to reports. The death toll is still climbing due to health complications among first responders and v ictims at Ground Zero. Morales and McK inney noted that this was the first time the 45-minute remembrance was conducted at the downtown McKinley County Courthouse Plaza and not the city’s main fire station on Nizhoni Boulevard. The location was moved at the request of Palochak, who suggested the Courthouse was a more appropriate and accommodating setting. The Sept. 11 event followed another at the El Morro Theatre on Sept. 10 about veterans in film. The documentaries Homecoming and Searching for Home were shown and band Consider the Source performed.
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CRIME BLOTTER | FROM PAGE 8 suspended and is currently booked i n the Ber na lillo County Jail.
FENCE FLOP 9 / 3 , GALLUP At about 6:30 am, GPD Officer A n d r e w Thayer was d i spatched to 1710 Elm Circle, apartment B29, in reference to an assault. At the scene, Thayer made contact with the victim who was crying and distraught. She said Misiah Jones, aka Isaiah H. Begay (which is the name used in the report), 20, tried to hit her and then left. While Thayer was interviewing her, she pointed out Jones, who was walking back toward the apartment. When Thayer called to him, he ran away, westbound. Jones jumped a fence and was caught. A glass pipe containing marijuana residue was found in his pocket. He had a warrant out for his arrest. T he v ict i m sa id Jone s had been drinking and came to the apa r tment. He wa s loud and insulted her, “then attempted to hit her with closed fists, but did not physically strike her,” according to the report. Jones was arrested and charged with assault; resisting, evading, or obstructi ng a n of f icer; a nd d r ug paraphernalia.
TERIYAKI THIEF 9/2, GALLUP At 12:37 pm, GPD Officer Joe Roanhorse was dispatched to Teriyaki House at 14 0 0 S. Second St . in reference to a robbery. Dispatch said two males were Elbert Begaye last seen heading north from the business. Roanhorse met with an employee who said she was in the back of the business when another employee asked her whether the register was open. She thought the employee was kidding, but she went to the counter. An undisclosed Allen Lee a mou nt of money was missing, and the register had been closed when the money was taken. A customer sitting outside the business told the employee that a man who “looked like he stole something” had run out of the business. A second male was with him. A n off icer in the a rea not iced t wo men, Elber t Begaye, 24, and Allen Lee, 31 — who fit the witness’s descriptions — at Second Street and Mesa Avenue. That officer said the men’s pockets looked stuffed. When he patted them down, their pockets were full
of various dollar bills. The men were brought to Teriyaki House, identified, and arrested for burglary.
GUITAR GONE 8/30, GAMERCO At 5 pm, MCSO Deputy Gabrielle Puhuyesva was dispatched to 108 Summit Ave. in reference to a burglary that had happened about a half-hour prior. At the scene, Puhuyesva met with the calling party, who showed the officer around his home and said jewelry, belt buckles, a flat-screen TV, and a guitar had been stolen. A padlock was missing from an outside door. The victim had been away from his home for about two hours, and a neighbor told him she saw a suspect vehicle with occupants inside in front of the victim’s home. One man had exited the vehicle, a white pickup. The neighbor did not notice anyone enter the home. There were no signs of forced entry.
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t’s hard to believe that 15 years have passed since Islamic terrorists murdered 3,000 people on American soil, shattering the notion that Americans were somehow immune to attacks like those that threatened residents of countries in the Middle East and parts of Europe, Africa, and the Far East on a daily basis. Indeed, the only constant today is an even more dangerous world, and our national security is more important than ever. We must never forget the
Remembering 9/11 attacks in New York City, Wa s h i n g t o n , D.C . , a n d Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001. These attacks are to today’s generation what the attacks on Pearl Harbor were to generations past. The events of 9/11 woke the United States from a stupor, and forced everyone — black, white, Native American, Hispanic — to confront the dangerous realities that threaten the civilized world. T he at tacks u n i f ied Americans everywhere, and brought out the best virtues in all of us – bravery, selflessness,
and grace under pressure. This mentality was front and center this past weekend in Gallup, as the city honored those who gave their lives on that dreadful day. No doubt, people everywhere were taken aback by the horrible events that unfolded 15 years ago. We must never forget that awful feeling, for it helps to strengthen our resolve against terrorists who wish to destroy the freedoms and values of what
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View across the south pool of the National September 11 Memorial in New York City toward the adjacent National September 11 Memorial Museum. The memorial is dedicated to the September 11, 2001 attacks, which killed 2,977 people, and the World Trade Center bombing of 1993, which killed six. Photo Credit: Courtesy
GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF SEPT. 16 - 22
It’s going to be a busy week, astrologically. A Full Moon Lunar Eclipse takes place Sept. 16. According to Café Astrology, this is an emotionally fertile time. You may develop and enrich your current connection or create new ones. On Sept. 21, Mercury goes into retrograde. Madame G recommends you keep your words brief. Stay kind!
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Does anxiety have you in a chokehold? Perhaps it’s just cutting off your airway periodically. This sets the stage for your breakdown and health problems like heart attacks, strokes, or death. Don’t panic! If you can’t slow down during the week — take it off. If you can’t take 15 minutes to meditate, then do it for 30. Now is the time to live the life you’ve always wanted.
You may find yourself feeling nostalgic. Don’t ignore it. Call up a friend from high school and enjoy lunch in a new city. Make plans that go against your usual day. Though you may harbor resentment over the past — let it go. Would you rather be right or happy? You can’t be both. You must choose how you want to live your life and decide what you’re willing to let go. Breathe!
As the Brits would say, “You’re looking very smart.” Meaning you’re chic and look like you have it all together. Even if it’s not true take it as a compliment. All you can do is your best. But don’t give your life to the job. Take care of yourself because no one else can — they’re fighting their own battles. Take a walk. Take a breath. And don’t forget you’re loved. Live well!
Live well, my hardheaded friend. You’re at a crossroads. Option A will lead one way and option B leads the other way. Neither course is wrong. However, your family may think you’re hardhearted. In your pursuit, consider showing love to your family. Speak kind words of encouragement to them or, at times, say nothing at all. That’s the path to wisdom!
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Steady does it! Don’t allow others to mistake inaction for lack of forethought. You’re ready for action, when the time is right. It’s often the wisest course to plot and plan before you take any sudden action. However, you’ll need to make a decision soon. The ramifications are far reaching. Be like a Girl Scout and always be prepared. Good luck!
If you’re feeling a little impulsive, do some planning. This will help you make better decisions so you can walk out the door in a hurry. Head up to the New Mexico State Fairgrounds in Albuquerque. Enjoy the 4-H events! Eat a corn dog and have a huge Frito pie. Don’t forget the fry bread. After all of that, if you’re still ready, take a long walk and enjoy where you live.
You’re hardworking and diligent and take things very seriously. Work becomes you — it almost defines you. Remember, your job isn’t you and can’t love back. Your abilities aren’t in question. But your health and sanity are up for grabs. Take time for yourself this week. Be selfish and ask yourself what you want in this life. Live true to your purpose. Enjoy your time now. Live now!
Sometimes, tough love is the best love. You can’t spend all your time caring for those who take advantage of you. If the system is too broken in one area, it may be fixable in another. This doesn’t mean you need to give up. Be malleable. If you can’t change something directly, you may need to take the indirect route. Do your best. It does more than you’ll ever know.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
The Sun is passing out of your sign this week. You may have enjoyed the additional focus. Your friends and family are back to their kooky selves. Crazy as usual. You’re ready for the next phase. Don’t worry about perfection. Live well by finding your true purpose. If you’ve provided excellent service to everyone around, now is the time to do this for you. You’ve got this!
You must take a course of action. The time is now not later. You can’t afford to laze about or think about your next move. Urgent action is required. Once you’ve made the decision, you’ll feel better. You may feel as if you have all the time in the world now. In order to get there, you must decide your next course. It may hurt a little, but it’ll be worth it. You’ve got this!
Show love even if you don’t feel it. Lashing out at a loved one is easy. But don’t assume they’re the crazy one. If you trigger someone, ask yourself why. You’re not responsible for their bad manners, but you may not be innocent. Your communications skills could be off, or you may be misreading the situation. Whatever the case, it’s always best to see an issue from both sides.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) The promise of new life and novelty surround you. But the pressures of maintaining your youthful energy can be exhausting. Fall is here. Now is the perfect time to rest and relax. Human beings encounter changing seasons throughout their life, physically and metaphorically. Consider what season you’re in emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Enjoy it! Nothing lasts forever.
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Legacy of Love — Part 2 of 2
MOTHER TERESA’S SISTERS UPLIFT THE UNWANTED PEOPLE OF GALLUP and display gratitude for the kindness they receive from the sisters. Others, however, allow their actions and words to push back against the world. It can be difficult to relate to them with compassion, on a human level. They can be hostile or incomprehensible. Many of them, minds and bodies ravaged by years of neglect and living on the streets,
By Suzanne Hammons Voices of the Southwest
ow, on one Tuesday evening, Sr. Auxilia and the other Missionaries prepare Casa San Martin for the evening meal, as they do each day. The food they serve is donated or funded by various stores and agencies in the area, and the sisters try to make each serving as generous and nutritious as possible. Tonight’s menu is roast beef, broccoli, pasta salad, and bread. As several sisters busy themselves in the kitchen, two more go to the front door. First, a moment is taken to say a prayer before a statue of St. Joseph, and then the door is opened. One sister prepares to search bags for contraband, and the other instructs the crowd gathered outside the door. “Women first, then the men!” she says. One man, entering, crosses himself. “Thank you, sisters! God bless you!” he tells them, before finding a seat. I’m interested in hearing from these people – I want to know why they are here, what circumstances forced them into this hard lifestyle. But it doesn’t go quite the way I planned in my mind. Of the four people I spoke to, only one was able to answer my questions, and that, only sporad ica lly. The others, through a combination of years of alcohol abuse or mental illness, can’t seem to carry on a basic conversation.
PARTICIPATION | FROM PAGE 6 Kozeliski said he doesn’t foresee problems in using the newly approved method nor does he a nticipate its abuse. “I don’t see it as a problem,” Kozeliski said. “We haven’t had a total of five absences since 2011.” City Councilwoman Fran Palochak said there are times when she can’t be at actual meetings due to unforeseen circumstances. She requested that the matter be put on the OPINIONS
Because you see, nobody has talked to them,” observes Sr. Auxilia. “But whenever they see us, they always ask us, they always come close to us, always wave to us. They need somebody to help them, see?” Another sister adds, “We are hoping in the future they will come up, by the help of the Holy Spirit, so they can come up from their alcoholism. So
“Jamie,” one of those who came to the shelter for a meal, shows off his nails, which he painstakingly painted. Photo Credit: Voices of the Southwest One lady tells me of her literal visions of Jesus, and a sinister cabal out to ruin her life, tied to what she calls the “New World Order.” Another man breaks my heart. He looks to be in his 70s. He has lost all of his teeth except one, and has only one eye. He also seems to be hard of hearing. When I ask him where he is from and what he needs, he only repeats, “I’m a veteran,” and talks about tours in Vietnam and Europe. A third man actually makes me uncomfortable at points. It’s clear that repeated years of alcoholism and homelessness have taken a permanent toll on his body and mind. If I nod at something he says, he might suddenly turn hostile, only to smile again a minute later. “Jamie,” as he gives his name, is more cognizant than the others. He appears to be transgender, but even after gentle questioning, it is not clear which way he is transitioning. When he first sees me and my camera, his instinct is to duck agenda. “I think that’s an important thing to consider in using this,” she said. “The time or times when I’m not here, I could be on the phone listening and still be involved.” Mayor Jackie McKinney said he doesn’t think the matter will be abused, noting that it isn’t for vacationers or someone who spontaneously goes on a getaway. “That’s not the intention here,” McKinney said. “We’re talking about legitimate and unexpected reasons. That’s what this is for.”
his head and cover his face with his hands. “Don’t show my picture!” he says. A shor t time later, he changes his mind, and suddenly gets up and approaches. “Okay,” he says. “I want to do an interview.” He’s had a hard life, especially since the recent death of his mother, and with her, the crumbling of any kind of emotional support. So he comes to the shelter often, describing himself as fiercely protective of Gallup’s homeless population. “These are my people right here,” he says, gesturing to the room. And the Missionaries of Charity? What does he think of them? “They’re my sisters!” he says, then laughs. “I see them on the street and I wave to them. And I love [the Virgin] Mary, and Jesus. Jesus is my brother.” The exact nature of his relationship with the others is a bit hard to figure out, though. At one point during the interview, another man approaches, and Jamie immediately snaps at him, “Get away from the camera, this is my interview!” Soon after, a commotion is heard across the room as two men aggressively step toward one another, shouting obscenities. With no hesitation, one of the sisters rushes over. “Hey! Hey” she says. “No fighting! Sit down.” Faced by this small, 5-foottall woman, the men step back and take their seats, chagrined. Order is restored. The situation here is tough to fully comprehend. Many of these people are truly needy,
This man could only speak about his time, many years ago, as a veteran. Photo Credit: Voices of the Southwest would never be capable of holding any kind of employment, or even living on their own, without constant supervision. But in each of them, the sisters see the face of Jesus. “They’re fallen, so somebody has to lift them up, see?” says Sr. Auxilia . “Mother [Teresa] always said, ‘We are here for poorest of the poor,’ who have no one. Here we have so much [of a] drug problem, alcohol, no? Nobody likes them. For them we are here.” She’s not simply referring to food and shelter. The Missionaries of Charity view physical needs as secondary next to spiritual needs. Of course, physical needs are not neglected, but the sisters’ true goal is bringing salvation to people cast aside by society. MmBctBof4y4” target=”_blank”>Try watching this video on www. “We try to lift them up, not only materially, but also spiritually or emotionally, yeah?
that is our future goal, to help them to go to Heaven. That is our main aim, is salvation. Mother Teresa says always, ‘We send them to Heaven.’” The sisters are, of course, overjoyed that their foundress, who many of them met and knew personally, is now officially recognized as a saint. The canonization is not a surprise to them, however. “The Church recognizes her higher level, no?” says Sr. Auxilia. “But Mother actually, she doesn’t want to be high, she wants to be humble, see? She wants to stay humble. But it’s not Mother’s intention, but God, and God is raising her up.” In Gallup, the debate regarding homelessness and alcoholism continues. The sisters who followed Mother Teresa from across the world are not interested in debate. For them, the path forward is clear. Every day, they open their doors.
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mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, is dead and gone, the evil that inspired those attacks is still very much alive. As local leaders said over the weekend at Gallup’s annual 9/11 remembrance ceremony, we must never forget the heartaches of that day, and we must pray for world peace.
America stands for. It is important to reject hatred and violence in all forms. Each and every one of us must work to keep in place the unity that makes us strong. Even though Osama bin Laden, the
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New Mexico employers should plan now for new overtime rules By Randy S. Bartell and Randi N. Johnson Montgomery & Andrews, PA, Employment Law Group
bout 20,000 sa laried “white-collar” employees in New Mexico might be eligible for overtime pay in 2017 when an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act takes effect the last day of this year. In May, The U.S. Department of Labor published its final rule revising the FLSA’s overtime exemption regulations. The most significant change was to the minimum salary levels that salaried employees must be paid to be considered exempt from federal overtime requirements. Going forward, employees who earn less than $913 per week — or $47,476 per year — will be considered nonexempt, and employers must pay them overtime at time and a half. This is a dramatic increase from the former minimum of $455 per week (or $23,660 annually), which DOL set in 2004. The law affects a broad range of white-collar job classifications: executives, administrative personnel, learned professionals, creatives, and highly compensated employees. The duties associated with each of these positions are spelled out in the law, and employers must follow these rules for employees to qualify for the exemption. Now is a good time for employers to prepare for this change by:
In May, The U.S. Department of Labor published its final rule revising the FLSA’s overtime exemption regulations. Employees who earn less than $913 per week will be considered nonexempt from overtime pay. Photo Credit: Courtesy Identifying exempt employees whose annual salary falls below the $47,476 threshold. The employer should conduct a cost analysis to determine whether it would be more expensive to pay those employees overtime than to increase their pay to the new minimum. Creating a compensation and benefits plan for each employee (except highly compensated employees) who will remain exempt. To bring employees to the new minimum salary, employers must consider whether to raise their base pay, give quarterly bonuses or commissions, or offer some combination of salary and bonuses. And they’ll need to establish a new hourly rate for each employee reclassified as hourly. Deter m i n i ng how the changes affect benefits such as paid leave accrual, profit sharing, and insurance. Some
insurance packages might not apply to nonexempt employees. Determining if a new timekeeping system is needed
CARJACKING | FROM PAGE 9 According to the affidavit for an arrest warrant, the female victim was seated in her truck in the west-side Walmart parking lot when she was accosted by Patterson and Smith. The victim said she believed the men were going to ask for money, as they looked like the “drunks” who panhandle from people around Gallup. The victim was dragged from her vehicle, kicked in the stomach, and suffered scrapes to her knees. She also said that one of the thieves nearly ran her over with her own truck.
DOWNTOWN | FROM PAGE 4 the location of several businesses within the National Register district, as well as the city’s Business Improvement District.
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if nonexempt employees are still required to be available by phone and email away from work. Recording hours worked out of the office might require a new timekeeping system. Explaining to newly nonexempt employees how the changes affect their work lives. As hourly employees, they must request overtime, keep track of their hours, take required meal breaks, and obey other policies just like other nonexempt employees. C o m m u n i c a t i n g why the change is happening so a ffected employees don’t perceive recl a s si f ic at ion as a demotion or punitive action. Messaging is critical, as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and employee lawyers might consider these communications
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The men then drove toward the mall and left the vehicle at Lowe’s, 200 Marguerite St., on the west side. Patterson said he told his accomplice that he needed to go home, and he’s not sure what they did with the vehicle after that. The victim was treated at the scene by local paramedics. As of press time, the victim’s car and personal belongings have not been recovered. The affidavit also states that Patterson admitted to being intoxicated the day of the incident. He said that he “was blacking out.” W hile there was v ideo
surveillance taken of the incident, what helped to seal the deal for detectives was the brazen behavior of the suspects. GPD Lt. Rosanne Morrissette said the men returned to the area on Sept. 11, but this time they were casing vehicles parked at Home Depot. They were identified by witnesses. Next, a photo lineup was put together for the victim, in which she ID’d them. “That’s how we got them both,” Morrissette said. “The patrol officers along with the detective division collaborated on this incident which resulted in the timely apprehension and arrest of the suspects.”
The MainStreet organization serves 27 districts, among which a re eight state-authorized Arts and Cultural districts. Gallup is the sole municipality in New Mexico with a MainStreet and Arts and Cultural District designation. Many buildings in the designated area, like the El Morro Theatre and the Lexington Hotel, portray the commercial and cultural character of the district. The Lexington Hotel features a roof-mounted neon sign that was installed in the 1930s. Mayor Jackie McKinney said the designation will help promote tourism and bring
more folks to the downtown area. “It’s something that is very positive for downtown Gallup,” McKinney said. “It has positives for the business owners, as well as for tourism.” Francis Bee, executive director at BID, said business owners are happy about the designation. “There are benefits in the designation,” Bee said. “It helps with tourism and with tax benefits.” Bee said a tax credit seminar is scheduled to be held in the coming weeks so that property owners can get a better idea of what the National Register designation means. OPINIONS
COMMUNITY Annual Navajo Nation Fair Frybread Contest gives new meaning to ‘breadwinner’ Story and photos by Dee Velasco For the Sun
t was all fun and games at the 70th Annual Navajo Nation Fa ir F r ybread Contest, held at the Hazel Yazza Pavilion at the Navajo Nation Fairgrounds in Window Rock, Ariz. Sept. 8-11. The frybread competition runs for
bread-making at its best, along with the thrill of competition among the Diné people. During the Navajo Nation Fair, healthy cooking practices like preparation, safety, and sanitation are demonstrated. “ The ma i n pu r pose of this event is to display the talent of each contestant of frybread-making,” Ellis said. “They give it their best; it’s fun
other tribes are represented, then we can go with different ethnic minorities like Anglos, Hispanics, etc.” Ellis said all first-place winners from previous sessions gather to compete in the championship, “to see who has the best of the best tasting frybread of all.” Cash awards are given within the respective classes and categories. First-place winners received $200, second-place winners took home $100, and third-place winners received $50. In some sessions, a fourth place was added, with a prize of $25. “We always have four judges on site for each session — it’s a stressful yet fun event to be a part of,” Ellis said. “Judging is on various categories. On some, we cannot reveal. [Ellis chuckled.] They are judged on how they build their fire, make their dough, and the whole works as they make their frybread on the outside.” When all contestants use up their dough, the judges taste the bread. “We have four sessions, and each session lasts about an hour and a half, depending how slow or fast they make their frybread — it varies,” Ellis explained. The contestants also have to wash and put away all supplies. All ingredients were supplied from local sponsors, including Cortez Milling
The 2016 Frybread Contest at the annual Navajo Nation Fair in Window Rock, Ariz. runs for three days and invites anyone with a frybread recipe to join. and Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise, among others. In the Men/Women session, Nancy Homer of Cow Springs, Ariz., took home first place. Malcolm Roanhorse,
Nancy Homer won first place in the Male/Female frybread competition held Sept. 8-11. three days and invites folks from all walks of life to compete in a unique test of tastes to find the best frybread in the area. The contest was first introduced in the 1960s by Hazel Yazza, who saw the need to demonstrate a unique aspect of Navajo culture. The contest was later carried on by Yazza’s family. But for the past 12 years, it’s has been in the hands of Frybread Contest Coordinator Yolanda Ellis. The contest displays Navajo COMMUNITY
for the contestants and for the crowd watching. Not to mention, they get to taste some of the winning frybread.” Several sessions are judged, including an open session, wherein a nyone may participate, as well as sessions for men, women, intertribal, seniors, and a championship. “With the intertribal session, we invite participants from other Native American tribes such as Hopi, Pueblos, Utes, Apaches, etc. — other than Navajo,” Ellis said. “If no
Frybread: The foundation of a great Indian taco as pictured here. Photo Credit: Courtesy
of Chandler, Ariz., received second. “It’s alright, I won once before. I’ve entered several contests like this, it was fun,” Homer said. “I only use baking powder and flour, and that’s it...no salt... no salt,” she said. “I started making frybread when I was about five years old. Everyone always tells me my frybread is very good.” “This was my first frybread contest ever,” Roanhoarse said. “We just came out and, basically for fun, just decided to enter it. I ended out winning something — it was all good.” Roanhorse said he bakes his bread at home for his children, and learned it from watching his mother make it, “when the opportunity was available.”
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Can I get an Amen?!
LOCAL PASTORS RESUME THEIR WEEKLY MEETING TO PRAY FOR A UNITED COMMUNITY
Story and photos by Andy Gibbons III Sun Correspondent
f you were raised within an extended family of differing church backgrounds, you may have been told not to talk about religion during holidays and reunions. This, however, is not the case for Christian pastors and ministry leaders in the Gallup area. With summer break officia lly over, loca l pa stors resumed their weekly “Pastor’s Prayer Meeting” on Aug. 30 at Grace Bible Church at 222 Boulder Dr. Christian clergy of all backgrounds and denominations are encouraged to attend the prayer meeting Tuesdays at noon. John Luginbuhl, pastor of Grace Bible Church, has been a regular at the meetings since their inception over a decade ago.
“The Pastor’s Prayer Group started over 15 years ago in Gallup for the purpose of getting the pastors of the town together to pray for the people and needs of our community as well as the surrounding areas,” Luginbuhl said in an email to the Sun. “We all want to see people transformed by a personal relationship with Jesus Christ!” Pastors and nonprofit organization leaders take turns hosting the gathering at their respective locations. The most recent meetings took place on Sept. 6 at Gallup Christian Church at 501 South Cliff Dr. and on Sept. 13 at the Lighthouse International Ministries Church at 2045 Westview St. All local pastors and ministry leaders in the area are welcome to attend, and occasionally, even missionaries from around the world join in on the prayers for Gallup. At the Sept. 6 meeting,
Local pastors and ministry leaders circle up to pray for a community united despite different church backgrounds. both a pastor from South Africa and a missionary from a restricted nation in Asia were in attendance. Restr icted nations a re
Pastors from several area churches and ministries pose for the Sun on Aug. 30.
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“countries where government policy or practice prevents Christians from obtaining Bibles or other Christian literature,” according to Christian organization The Voice of the Martyrs. “Also included are countries where government-sanctioned circumstances or anti-Christian laws lead to Christians being harassed, imprisoned, killed or deprived of possessions or liberties because of their witness.” The South African pastor, Bill Bennot, has family ties to Gallup, and the missionary to Asia is from Gallup and a surrounding reservation. Both will be in the area for less than a year. During that time, they’ll share what they’ve been doing and raise support for their overseas work. Bennot, who is friends with Pastor Bill Overton at the Lighthouse Church, was asked if he had heard about the prayer meeting from Overton or another source. “Well, there were no angelic visitations, although Pastor Overton can be angelic at times,” Bennot said. “It is really special to connect with other Christian leaders in the broader body of Christ,” Bennot said about the prayer meeting. He’s involved in a similar prayer meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, where many Christian pastors and leaders also attend. At the most recent prayer
gathering on Sept. 13, Bennot helped host the meeting with his wife Consuelo Bennot at their par tner ministr y, Lighthouse Church. Spreading the word about the meeting to long-standing and new pastors in the area is a continuous endeavor. Rev. Adrianne Coleman, of First United Methodist Church at 1800 Red Rock Dr., began attending the meetings this summer. She’s the newest pastor invited by Luginbuhl. “Having lived and ministered in Shiprock/Farmington/ Bloomfield for 40 years, I feel I can connect with the ministry and community issues and possibilities here,” Coleman said when asked what she enjoys about ministry work in Gallup. Dennis Gallegos, pastor of Joshua Generation Church at 1375 Elva Dr., texts reminders to local pastors — he’s done this every week for years. “I hope all can make it,” he said to pastors in a text about the meeting. “It is good to restart what God has done though the years for the city of Gallup and the surrounding areas.” The pastors and nonprofit ministry leaders at the meeting would like the public to know they’re united in praying for the community, regardless of religious background. Di scl aim e r: I, An dy Gibbons, the author of this article, am a pastor at Gallup Christian Church. COMMUNITY
Quintana’s re-opens on Coal Avenue PREVIOUS LOCATION CLOSED IN 2010
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
ow nt ow n Ga l lu p now has a shop for musical instruments, music lessons, and Native American jewelry. The same establishment existed some time ago at 200 W. Coal Ave., but closed in 2010 after 13 years in business. A soft opening of Quintana’s was held Sept. 3 from noon to 2 pm at W. 223 Coal Ave., the new location. A grand opening, complete with organized and impromptu jam sessions, took place Sept. 10 amidst ArtsCrawl Gallup – a monthly event wherein local galleries welcome the general public. “We are back and with more to offer,” Ryan Quintana, an owner and operator of the store, said. “We are in the business of providing and serving quality musical instruments to people of every age. Music is for everyone.” Q u i nt a n a , w ho i s a n
accomplished musician, said the 4,200-square-foot store carries guitars from Marshall, ESP, and Ibanez; percussion instruments from Tama; and other equipment from Orange. “Those are just a few of the many items available for purchase,” Quintana said. Born and raised in Gallup, Quintana said the store carries music books, keyboard accessories, and offers band instruments for students. The band departments at Gallup and Miyamura high schools are already steady clients. “Our desire is to be a premier music center with everything to offer in seeing everyone aspire to their talents and grow,” Quintana said. Beginner to advanced music lessons are offered in piano, guitar, and violin. “The store works with name-brand instrument companies to conduct music clinics in Gallup, where company representatives will be on-site for daylong work and music
clinics,” Quintana said.
MEET THE COOWNER Co-owner Rhonda Quintana, Ryan’s wife and also a Gallup native, cross-operates a retail store featuring jewelry, as well a arts and crafts from Native American artisans in the same location. R hond a , who s t ud ie d music at the Music Institute in Hollywood, Calif., is a 2000 recipient of the Best Blues Production award from the New Mexico Music Association. She was recently the CEO of an Arizona-based entertainment company that managed bands, promoted shows, conducted production and live recordings, and worked with booking agencies, some of which performed at Gallup’s El Morro Theatre. Rhonda also conducted tours, festivals and managed stage productions, corporate enter ta inment, a nd event management.
Ryan and Rhonda Quintana recently reopened their music, Native arts, and jewelry store at W. 223 Coal Ave. Photo Credit: NativeStars “We a re suppor ter s of loc a l t a lent a nd mu sic a l events and entertainment,” Rhonda said. “Music and art is an important way of life to promote harmony, talent, and assist others along the way to grow.” Both Ryan and Rhonda mentioned that Art Quintana, Ryan’s father and a wholesale dealer of Native American jewelry, plans to set up shop at Quintana’s, too. Both said the weekend ArtsCrawl was an
opportunity to showcase the music and jewelry sides of the new store. The soft opening saw hot dogs, soda, and chips served to those who browsed the shop. Quintana’s provides financing, as well, Ryan said. Mary and Gene Nobles of Gallup browsed Quintana’s last weekend. “There is a lot of nice stuff here,” Gene, a guitarist, said. “We didn’t but anything this time, but we will next time.”
DODE holds trainings to preserve Navajo language he was told not speak his native language. After completing the ODLA training, teachers become
I N DOW ROCK , Ariz. - Programs within the Depa r t ment of Diné Education a re about per for m a nce a nd a s se s s ment. On a per iodic ba sis throughout the year, DODE holds tra inings for teachers, school board members, and school administrators to improve performance in teaching a nd school operat ion s. Tea cher s mu st be highly qualified. On Aug. 30, the Office of Standards, Curriculum and A ssessment Development of the Department of Diné Education completed a training on Oral Diné Language Assessment. The training is about preserving the Navajo language. F r om t h r ou g hou t t he Navajo Nation, teachers and school administrators, who will assist with administering the ODLA, came together to attend. Over 70 participants joined in on the training, which was held at the Gallup
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On Aug. 30, the DODE held a training for teachers and administrators on oral Diné language assessment for the preservation of the Navajo language. Photo Credit: Courtesy McK inley Cou ncil School Administration Building in Gallup. Peter T homa s, who attended the training, is the program director of Navajo language and culture at the Shonto Preparatory School i n A r i zona . T homa s sa id Children in grades K through Second at Shonto do not know the Navajo language and only speak English. “In m idd le school, 20
percent of the student know Navajo,” Thomas said. “In High School, there is a turnaround. They are starting to speak Navajo. About 35 percent of the students speak Navajo.” Thomas said he grew up speaking Navajo. “English is a second language to me,” he said, adding that when he was young, he went to school at the Rock Point Boarding School, where Gallup Sun • Friday September 16, 2016
‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’ avoids the sequel curse with slapstick comedy By Glenn Kay For the Sun
RATING: «« OUT OF 4 RUNNING TIME: 123 MIN.
t’s been a while since we’ve seen Bridget Jones on the big screen. The original exploits of the character back in 2001 were, surprisingly enough, charming and very, very funny. Not long after, Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason (2004) rehashed the material in a painfully ineffective manner. After more than a decade, the character has returned in a new feature. So, is Bridget Jones’s Baby a worthy return or nothing more than a nostalgic cash grab? From this reviewer’s perspective, the answer lies somewhere in the middle. This is a definite improvement over the previous calamitous and best forgotten entry. Yet in all honesty, it’s a far cry from the freshness and frivolity of the original. Are a handful of amusing moments here and there over two full hours enough to justify the experience? I’m still not sure, even as I write this. The new chapter begins with 43 year old Bridget (Renée Zellweger), still on her own
It’s a comedic love triangle! Renée Zellweger, Patrick Demsey, and Colin Firth star in ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby.’ Now playing. Photo Credit: Miramax after breaking up with Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) some five years earlier. Unfortunately, our protagonist’s professional life at a TV news station isn’t going much better. New management has stepped in, telling employees to emphasize shock journalism and the latest media platforms. As if that isn’t enough, Bridget’s life gets increasingly complicated after becoming romantically entangled with Jack (Patrick Dempsey) and rekindling her
relationship with old flame Mark. While the plot may seem simple, there a lot of characters present and just about everyone from the first film pops in for a scene or two, albeit briefly. All of the supporting role updates and introductions of new faces result in a rather slow and bumpy opening. It all feels a little rushed and many of the jokes early on don’t have the impact they should. The movie is also hampered
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moments are even funnier because of the bit players surrounding the stars, who react with amusing discomfort as revelations are revealed. There are also some funny lines from an obstetrician (Emma Thompson) who is forced to play along with Bridget’s elaborate ruse. In truth, there’s a ver y funny 30 or 40 minutes smack in the middle of the picture when all of its comic cylinders are firing. But on either side of the fun are several dead patches. And the plotline doesn’t bring much of anything new to the table; there’s only so many ways you can rework the basic inspiration for this stor y. At lea st the mov ie attempts to raise some points about modernizing the definition of family (even if some plot elements wrap themselves up in a rather conservative and predictable manner). Thanks to its capable cast, Bridget Jones’s Baby does manage to provide a few big laughs, which is probably more than many were expecting. Yet the screenplay is overstuffed with so many characters and nods to the previous films haphazardly wedged in that it also comes across as unfocused and clumsy. Fans and forgiving viewers will probably find just enough here to satisfy, but others would be better served by revisiting the original. 207 WEST COAL GALLUP 505.863.1250 www.elmorrotheatre.com Facebook @elmorrogallup
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Biopic ‘Snowden’ informs, but suffers from lackluster dramatic twists By Glenn Kay For the Sun
RATING: «« OUT OF 4 RUNNING TIME: 134 MIN.
irector Oliver Stone has given his take on numerous events in history over the years in titles like Salvador, Platoon, JFK, Nixon, and W., among many others. He is just as known for his contentious theories and button-pushing approaches to his subjects. It should come as no surprise that upon first glance, the latest from the filmmaker also lends itself to controversy. Snowden tells the story of NSA employee and whistleblower Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). Holed up in a Hong Kong hotel room in 2013, he’s met by a small crew, including a documentarian (Melissa Leo) and journalists from British newspaper The Guardian (played by Zachary Quinto and Tom Wilkinson). The material he turns over to them is shocking, showing the various illegal and underhanded surveillance methods the US government uses to follow individuals from across the globe. Snowden tells the story of his rise through agency ranks, as well as his strained relationship with girlfriend Lindsay (Shailene Woodley). The role has plenty of meat for Gordon-Levitt, displaying a turn from conservative patriot to anxious and paranoid whistleblower. However, he adopts a low cadence to emulate Snowden. It may be accurate, but it’s actually distracting early on and his speaking voice takes a great deal of time to get used to. In fact, it almost sounds deeper than Snowden’s actual lilt (the real life figure shows up at the end of the picture). His relationship with Lindsay is extrapolated on to add some extra conflict, but it’s a very traditional “relationship” subplot. It doesn’t work and isn’t nearly as interesting the main plotline. The movie is much more COMMUNITY
Joseph Gordon-Levitt struggles to capture the real Edward Snowden’s nervous energy, but ekes by in this complex role that fudges reality, here and there, for dramatic purposes. Now playing. Photo Credit: Endgame Entertainment engrossing when it stays at the workplace. It allows Stone the opportunity to mix film and video and create a few nifty images along the way. A video conference between the lead and his boss (Rhys Ifans) is shot with the actor in front of a looming projection screen that allows the scene to reinforce the role of the government as Big Brother-like threat. It’s a bit over-the-top, but at least it makes an impression. There are some interesting macro wide angles on keyboards and energy visible when the story gets into the morally and ethically objectionable details of FISA (the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act). In fact, there are a couple of examples to show how it can be used against average citizens. While working at the CIA in Geneva, there are some dynamic exchanges with co-workers like Gabriel Sol (Ben Schnetzer) with explanations that show the process of how everyone ends up being spied on by the government — all beginning with a search program that identifies any individual who has typed a particular word. By following one potential subject, employees are also permitted to investigate random acquaintances. Through only a few degrees of separation, the personal lives of complete strangers end up being watched and tracked through electronic devices. Even worse, an agent (Timothy Olyphant)
recruits Snowden to help him manipulate an innocent banker by taking personal info and using it to coerce him. These sequences are powerful and result in plenty of unease from the lead character
(not to mention viewers). Yet given how distressing these events are, the movie maintains a subdued approach overall. This is infuriating information and one wishes that Stone matched the revelations with
more anger and fury behind the camera. Instead, it frequently jumps back to Snowden’s love life and how his knowledge negatively impacts his personal connections. Perhaps a few more jarring and experimental camera moves could have helped. Frankly, it’s a far more troubling watch for those familiar with the recent, Oscar-winning documentar y, Citizenfour (2014). Elements from that film are recreated in this narrative and it is strange to watch events that occurred only three years ago played out with Hollywood actors. I expect that Snowden may play better to those unfamiliar with the doc; one also hopes that this biopic inspires them to find out more about the subject. In the end, the movie is a mixed bag that certainly has some engaging elements. Yet somehow it also lacks the righteous fury and filmmaking passion one would expect to see from its director.
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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Sept. 16, 2016 By Glenn Kay For the Sun
t’s time for another edition detailing the highlights coming your way on Bluray and DVD. There are a multitude of great options, ranging from the independent scene to Hollywood blockbuster. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!
BIG NEW RELEASES! Being Canadian - This docu ment a r y fol lows a ma n who has moved f r o m Calgary to L A . Once t here, he struggles to separate himself from Canadian stereotypes and mounts a cross-country trip through the Great White North to provide worldwide viewers with a more detailed pictu re of h is homela nd. Along the way, he interviews countrymen like Seth Rogen, Cobie Smulders, Kim Cattrall, Mike Myers, Will Arnett, Dan Aykroyd, and many, many others. Critical reception was a little muted. Most explained that the movie was cute, but didn’t delve deeply enough into its subject matter. Captain America: Civil War - The summer’s first tentpole release remains the highest-grossing film of the year so far. This second sequel follows the superhero as he uncovers a conspiracy to split The Avengers apart. Along the way, more characters with exceptional abilities are introduced. The movie generated solid reviews and stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr. Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Chadwick Boseman, Jeremy Renner, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, William Hurt and Daniel Bruhl. The Conjuring 2 - This sequel was another big hit over the summer. It follows the two paranormal investigators from the first film as they take on a new assignment in London. They come face to face with a nasty spirit tormenting a
family. A box office success, the flick also scared up positive notices — but most admitted that when it got going, it provided plenty of thrills and chills. The cast includes Vera Fa r miga , Patr ick Wilson, Frances O’Connor, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Franka Potente and Simon McBurney. T h e Fits Reviews were pretty e x e m pl a r y for this small, independent drama that runs a sca nt 72 minutes. It’s about a young girl taking dance lessons at a community center. Suddenly, she and others begin experiencing strange fainting spells. They soon attempt to find out exactly what is happening and why. It’s been called a completely unique and beautifully shot feature that includes an absolutely incredible performance from its young lead. The movie features Royalty Hightower, Alexis Neblett, and Makyla Burnam. The Measure of a Man - An unemployed factory worker struggles to keep afloat in this French drama. He attempts all sorts of training courses and seminars to try and find a new gig, but is stymied at every turn. A position arises, but the man is forced to deal with serious ethical questions about what he will be doing. The movie got great reviews from the press; they described it as a subtle and powerful character piece. It also earned its lead, Vincent Lindon, an award at the Cannes Film Festival, and later a French Ceasar trophy for Best Actor. It also features Karine de Mirbeck. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping - Not ice s were also positive for t h i s goofy summer comedy f rom the Lonely I s l a n d collective (known for their numerous musical spoofs that appear on Saturday Night Live). In this feature-length tale, a hugely
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popular, egotistical rapper is forced to reinvent himself after his sophomore album flops. While there were some who felt the flick was uneven, the majority thought this pop music satire featured enough funny moments and celebrity cameos to recommend. It stars Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer, Sarah Silverman, Tim Meadows, Maya Rudolph, Joan Cusack, and Imogen Poots.
BLASTS FROM THE PAST! It’s pretty much a guarantee that anyone looking for some great older titles will find something to fit the bill this week. Once again, Olive Films has a great slate arriving on Blu-ray. They’ve got the silent film The Captive (1915), about a romance that blossoms during a war between a female farmer and her captive worker. It’s from director Cecil B. Demile (who would later helm Cleopatra, The Greatest Show on Earth, and The Ten Commandments). Olive is a lso relea sing C o m m a n d e r C o d y: S k y Marshal of the Unive rse (19 5 3), a goofy serial that was or igina lly f i l m e d as a TV series — it involves a heroic man of action who eventually puts on a rocket-suit who takes on alien and robotic threats. Looks like a lot of fun. But that’s not all. Olive is delivering another gem in the form of Mankillers (1987), about a female CIA agent who leads an all-women army on a raid of a drug cartel’s base. T hey ’ve a l s o got T h e Monster of Piedras Blancas (1959) coming your way. It’s about a creature from the sea (read: a guy in a goofy-looking rubber monster suit) terrorizing a nearby village. Finally, Olive’s putting out a Blu-ray of the Lucille Ball/Henry Fonda comedy, Yours, Mine and Ours (1968). It’s about a widow and widower who tie the knot and amalgamate their 18 kids from previous marriages under one household. Shout! Factory also has a
couple of notable titles arriving on Blu-ray. Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn (19 8 3) i s a c he e s y sci-fi picture set in a grimy future, where a r a n ger attempts to stop a monstrous dictator from sacrificing a young woman to his magical crystal... Sure... Anyway, the most important piece of news is that the movie has been re-mastered in its original 3D. Even better (and tying in with the release of the De Palma documentary), Shout! also has a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of Raising Cain (1992). This is a pulpy thriller from the director, and stars John Lithgow as a psychologist with an obsessive streak. If you were a kid in the ’80s, Transformers toys were a huge deal. Shout! is putting out a 30th Anniversary Edition of Transformers: The Movie (1986), an animated feature that marked the big screen debuts of these “robots in disguise.” The film has become a cult item, perhaps also for its bizarre casting — Orson Welles, Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, Eric Idle, and Robert Stack providing the voices! Kino has a couple of titles arriving on Blu-ray as well. They include Fritz Lang’s Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922), and the Richard Widmark filmnoir Road House (1948), about a small-town club owner who falls for a new singer and gets himself into all sorts of trouble. Warner Archive is delivering a Blu-ray of the Oscarwinning biographical drama L ove Me o r L e av e Me (1955). This title depicts the tumultuous relationship between jazz singer Ruth Etting and her manager. It stars Doris Day and James Cagney. S p e a k i n g of DV D s , Shadowplay is releasing a couple of lost movies on the format that may be of interest to B-movie fans. The Legend
of Frenchie King (1971) aka Frenchie King is a period western about two wild, outlaw sisters who inherit a ranch and cause all sorts of trouble in their new hometown. Vengeance Valley (1951) features Burt Lancaster in a more old-fashioned tale of a cattle rancher and an adopted brother battling for control of their father’s empire. I f horror is more to your liking, you’re covered there a s well. Synapse is r ele a s i n g Te nebre (1982) on Blu-ray. This picture involves a successful writer who has just published his latest trashy thriller about a psychopathic killer. While on a book tour, a copycat begins wiping out victims in brutally violent ways; the protagonist decides to solve the case himself. With fa ll approaching, Universal is slowly releasing some of their Classic Monsters on Blu-ray. This week they’ve got the Frankenstein: Complete Legacy Collection, which contains eight movies. They cover everything from the original 1931 classic to 1948’s Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, and all of the features in between. The Wolf Man: Complete Legacy Collection includes seven films ranging from 1941 to 1948.
YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! There’s plenty for kids too. Read below to find out what’s coming out this week. Back to the Future: T h e Animated Series: Season 2 Barbie: Star Light Adventure Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants Curious George: Outdoor Adventures Littlest Pet Shop: Mysteries at the Pet Shop Shaun the Sheep: Little Sheep of Horrors Thomas & Friends: The Great Race: The Movie COMMUNITY
Fairgoers came ‘together as one’ to crown a new Miss Navajo Nation By Dee Velasco For the Sun
nce again, the Annual Navajo Nation Fair was a wonderful event to attend and be a part of. This year’s theme was, “Let us come together as one: Through Ke’ we are strong.” Ke’ means clanship. Along with families enjoying fun and excitement, the 70th annual fair was filled with anticipation for the crowning of the 2016-2017 Miss Navajo Nation on Sept. 10. The 2016 coronation was held at the Dean C. Jackson Memorial Arena in Window Rock, Ariz. A packed house waited for three and a half hours to see who would be the next Miss Navajo Nation. Before the coronation began, the crowd was treated to a cultural showcase of various Native tribes performing in lieu of “Cultural Night.” “It’s a night of displaying cultural dances, songs, and related items to the theme, as we also will be displaying more Navajo base dances,” Coronation Coordinator J.T. Willie said. The audience was captivated by performances from the White Eagle Dance Group of the Pueblo of Zuni; Hopi Dance Group of Polacca, Ariz.; the Apache Crown Dance Group of White River, Ariz.; among others who danced during Cultural Night. Willie, who’s been involved with the dances for the past seven years, said he was glad the coronation is back at the rodeo arena. Willie was also one of the judges in this year’s crowning. “The judges and the contestants have been so busy this week,” he said.
NAVAJO LANGUAGE | FROM PAGE 17 trainers when completing the requirements of participating in two consecutive years of ODLA trainings and administering two ODLA with an OSCAD education specialist. Once a teacher is ODLA certified, the certification is valid for four years. Dur ing the tra ining, Dmitriy Neezzhoni, a senior education specia list, pre sented information on the Nava jo Sovereignty in the Education Act of 2005. Senior Education Specialist Afton Sells’ presentation covered scoring instruction. A presentation presented by Maggie Benally, a senior education COMMUNITY
The 2016-2017 Miss Navajo Nation Ronda Joe, of Rock Point, Ariz. was crowned at the annual Navajo Nation Fair Sept. 10. Photo Credit: Dee Velasco “They went through a whole week of contests — there were a total of eight women from the surrounding Navajo Nation area.” Willie judged “contemporary talent,” the only contest in English. “Everything else was done in the Navajo language,” he explained. “They even had to butcher a sheep; it’s the only contest that is based on cultural [tradition], thus preserving [culture] for the past sixty-five years with Miss Navajo.” This year’s contestants all hailed from Arizona. Kaylee came from BegayChinle, Ariz.; Ronda Joe, Rock Point,
s p e c i a l i s t , w a s on t a l ly scores. Reuben McCabe presented information on Navajo expression skills. The audience participated by reading the Navajo language presented on the slides. After each presentation, OSCAD staff had equal opportunities to respond to questions raised by the audience. According to the present at ion, ODL A pre -a s ses s ment and annual assessment are administered to all students in grades K, 4, 8, 9, and 12 attending grant and contract schools, including public schools that have a memorandum of agreement with the Navajo Nation. According to the information distr ibuted at the
Ariz.; Deidra Wilson, Nazlini, Ariz.; Alissa Copi, Red Rock, Ariz.; Shannon Gorman, Chinle, Ariz.; Mariah Claw, Chinle, Ariz.; Atheina Claw, Chinle, Ariz.; and Rodina Jordan, Oak Springs, Ariz. As the performances wound down, the audience made a wave across the entire arena as the last of the performers sang a Sway, or traditional entertaining song. Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez joked with the crowd about the long awaited event. “It’s always great to see these women compete for the highest office on the land — Miss Navajo is one of those, and to see all these women compete for it is great,” Nez said. “They’re all champions; they all did great, but at the end of the day, we will have a new Miss Navajo. We want to say thank you to the outgoing Miss Navajo, Alyson Jeri Shirley, she did great for us!” Shirley gave her farewell speech and wished all the best to the contestants. Even Rose Wauenka, 1968-1969 Miss Navajo Nation, extended her wishes. Vice Chairman Verlon Jose of Tohono O’odham Nation and 2016-2017 Miss Tohono O’odham-Jaylene Wood were also in attendance. “It was a wonderful event, and the people were grateful. We share the same vision as the Navajo Nation; we have to stay together as one people, serving the people,” Jose said. Wood said the event was large and full with a sense of family with one vision and strong bonds. “This is so beautiful and motivational… [I’m] proud to represent and be
training, schools administer fall pre-tests in August or September and administer spring post-tests in April of each year. Schools are responsible for administering the ODLA tests. After the assessments, schools submit score sheets to the Department of Diné Education. “In the old days, we used
a part of this Culture Night,” Wood said. Tommy Lowe, of Lukachukai, Ariz., created this year’s Miss Navajo Nation crown. “In August, it took me three weeks to put together the new Miss Navajo Nation crown,” Lowe said. “There are a lot of symbols and stories on it — a symbol of 1868 in remembrance for the Dineh; the Great Navajo Nation Seal; the 50 states; the cross to represent our faith.” Lowe said the Four Corners and the Navajo Code Talkers were also represented in the crown, along with the U.S. flag and the armed forces. Finally, the announcements were made, with Kaylee Begay winning best essay; Ronda Joe, best butchering; Atheina Claw, Miss Photogenic; and Alissa Copi, Miss Congeniality. As the final announcement was made, one could feel the tension in the air. The 2016-2017 Miss Navajo Nation was Ronda Joe, of Rock Point, Ariz. “I feel amazed, out of the eight contestants I was selected to be Miss Navajo. It is a huge honor,” she said. “Without my family and my relatives support for the encouragement everyday, I wouldn’t be here today…. It has always been a dream, my grandfather planned for me to one day run for Miss Navajo, and ever since I was small, that has been my goal. And to have it a reality today, it’s such joy, it’s simply amazing.” “It sounds like [Joe] will do a great job,” Nez said. “Take care of your elderly and speak your language and have fun,” Joe concluded.
to speak Navajo at home,” Thomas said. “Today, children are speaking English at home. Even parents and grandparents are speaking English at home.” Thomas said the school is trying to preserve the Navajo language, but he’s not sure schools can succeed. “The parents must understand first the Navajo language
in order to preserve the Navajo language,” he said. “At home there is no one speaking in the Navajo [language], that is why children are not speaking Navajo. Parents and grandparents must change it by speaking the Navajo language at home.” All participants of the training received certifications for completion.
GALLUP SUN ARCHIVES Effective June 24, 2016, ALL Gallup Sun *archives (past issues) will be mailed. Must provide exact release date and mailing address. Send info. and check or money order for $1.50 to: Gallup Sun PO Box 1212 Gallup, NM 87305 *Based on availability. Gallup Sun • Friday September 16, 2016
CALENDAR COMMUNITY CALENDAR SEPT. 16 - 22, 2016 FRIDAY Sept. 16
GALLUP FILM FESTIVAL KICKS OFF!
Sept. 16 – 18. The festival, held at downtown historic El Morro Theatre brings the surrounding communities together to be entertained by the films that made us fall in love with “The Movies.” For the full schedule, visit gallupfilmfestival.com. Costs: Friday Night Kick-Off Party: $10. Saturday and Sunday films: $5 per block. Weekend pass Sept. 17 & 18: $30 (does not include Friday’s Kick-Off Party). El Morro Theatre, 207 W. Coal Ave. Purchase Tickets at Gallup Downtown Conference Center, 204 West Coal Ave. Place your order for Will Call at (505) 722-8982. OPENING NIGHT - El Morro Theatre 6:50 PM Welcoming Remarks Host - Natasha K. Hale 7 PM Special Guest Q&A Martin Sensmeir El Morro Theatre 8 PM Meet & Greet / Kick-Off Part Photo Op / Media Wall Gallup Downtown Conference Center Live Music Performer - TBA 10 PM Closing
At 4 pm, a family film for everyone to enjoy. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Film: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Karaoke at Sammy C’s with DJ Marvelous. 9 pm. 107 W. Coal Ave. (505) 863-2220. SATURDAY Sept. 17
GALLUP FILM FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
A BLOCK - El Morro Theatre 9:50 AM Welcoming Remarks Host - Natasha K. Hale 10 AM Hear Me - Laura Grizzlypaws Music Video Agrinoui Animated Short ENDLESS RIVER Short *PET Short Mousse Short *Taraz Foreign Feature 12:40 BREAK 1 PM Nemo Hádéíst’íí’ Presentation (Free) Navajo Nation Museum Director Manuelito Wheeler Nemo Hádéíst’íí’ (Free) B BLOCK - El Morro Theatre
3:05 PM Taste the Time - Scatter Their Own Music Video The Present Animated Short The Retriever Short Things Have Changed Since Kindergarten Short Shiloh Short Documentary Honor Riders Feature Documentary 5:45 PM BREAK C BLOCK - El Morro Theatre 6 PM King Without a Crown Blue Flamez Music Video The Wishgranter Animated Short The Secrets Behind the Bignell Bridge Short Documentary Choose Me Short *Under the Heavens Short MONDAY Short 6:45 PM The Watchman’s Canoe Trailer Presentation Presented by Barri Chase (Director) and Roger Willie (Actor) The Watchman’s Canoe Trailer 7:15 PM Te Ata 9 PM Closing For ticket information, see Friday’s calendar entry.
Meetings every Saturday at 10 am, First United Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Dr., corner of Nizhoni/Red Rock. Enter northwest corner off Nizhoni: Library room. Contact (505) 307-5999 or (505) 721-9208.
GALLUP INTERFAITH COMMUNITY BAKE SALE
10 am – 2 pm: The fundraiser supports Habitat for Humanity as they prepare to build their next house in our community. Bring your items to Westminster Presbyterian Church on Friday, Sept. 16 between 1-5 pm, to the sale today, or call to make arrangements for pick-up. Volunteers welcome. Contact: Mirakhel (505) 722-8922, Betsy (505) 722-9257, Westminster Presbyterian Church (505) 905-3247. Rio West Mall, 1300 Maloney Ave.
SQUASH BLOSSOM CLASSIC
Sept. 17-18: The Screamer Mountain Bike Race takes place Sept. 17 at the High Desert Trail System, just north of Gallup. The Kent Hodges half marathon as well as 5k and 10k trail running races take place Sept.18 at the High Desert Trail System, just north of Gallup. To register, newmexicosportsonline. com.
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CLASSIFIEDS HELP WANTED INDEPENDENT CONTRACT DRIVER/ GALLUP/ZUNI/ PINEHILL Time Critical/Same-Day de livery is what we do. If you have a SUV, Mini-van or larger and are looking to operate 5 days a week, this is perfect opportunity for you to grown your own business. DMC Logistics is the Southwest’s leading transportation logistics provider, and we can off you contract opportunities. Contact Allen at 505-217-3147 and put your vehicle to work delivering for DMC Logistics’ customers! Contractors will need to be at least 21 years of age, and speak, read and write English. Must own a smart phone. Also, our customers require a drug screen, plus a background and motor vehicle report on all interested contractors. Job Location: Gallup, NM (will be driving to Zuni and Pinehill) Job Hours: 1045 to 1500 Required education: High school or equivalent Required experience: Geographical familiarity of the areas of Gallup, Zuni, and Pinehill. IC experience preferable (length of experience doesn’t prevent consideration). This is contract work-not employment. Required licenses or certifications: Valid Driver’s license, Vehicle registration and leasing documents for the required vehicles. EMERGENCY RESPONDERS WANTED Kurtz Industrial Fire Services, Inc. is the provider of Emergency Response, Fire and Safety for Western Refinery located in Gallup, New Mexico. We are currently in the process of looking for qualified, highly motivated individuals. Exceptional Benefits Package available -Competitive wages -Health, Dental, Vision, Aflac, & Life Insurance -401K with company match -Tuition Reimbursement Requirements • First Responder or EMT-B license • Must obtain EMT-B license within 12 months • FFII or Basic Ops certification • AHA CPR card • Valid Driver’s License • Successful background investigations with MVR, & criminal records, • Physical fitness/agility • Drug/alcohol screening Please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org HIRING SHINGLE WORKERS Job Location: Chinle, AZ
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FIRST 25 WORDS: FREE! 26-50 WORDS: $5 51-75: WORDS: $10 76-100 WORDS: $15
$5 PER WEEK FOR EACH ITEM: TEXT BOX, HIGHLIGHT, ALL CAPS, PIC/LOGO EMAIL : GALLUPSUN@GMAIL.COM DUE: TUESDAYS 5 PM AD RUNS 4 WEEKS, UNLESS SPECIFIED Native American Preference Applies. Must have shingle experience. Must provide valid ID, Social Security Card, resume, proper safety equipment, and all shingle roofing tools (i.e. compressor, nailer, pouch, chalkline, hammer, etc.) Fax resume to 505.244.1250 and call 505.244.1252 for interview information. TEACHER WANTED Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf needed in Window Rock, Arizona. Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind offers competitive salary, incredible benefits package and retirement plan. $1,500 signing bonus to qualifying certified teachers, and $1,500 relocation bonus to qualifying out of state residents. Apply today!! WWW. APPLITRACK.COM/ASDB/ ONLINEAPP or contact Craig Wagner at (520)-770-3019 orRecruitment@ASDB.AZ.GOV. ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Are you tired of sitting behind a desk? Or do you need a fresh start? If you enjoy meeting new people and being out and about, consider a position as an Account Executive for the Gallup Sun. We are looking for that special someone who knows the community well and radiates positivity. Candidates must be punctual, reliable and friendly. Must have reliable transportation, and some customer service or past sales experience. The hired candidate will work closely with current account executive, so training will be provided. Some travel outside the Gallup area required. Must own laptop with Internet access and printer/scanner so you can work at the office or on the go. For consideration, send cover letter/resume to: email@example.com FREELANCE WRITERS The Gallup Sun is currently seeking writers/reporters that can tell a captivating story about stuff that matters to readers in this region.
Teachers, professionals of all stripes, and students with some experience are encouraged to apply. We also have beat coverage available for the diehard watchdog. Email resume and clips to: gallupsun@ gmail.com. Ability to take photos and/or video a plus. HOMES FOR RENT HOUSE FOR RENT 116 W. Princeton Ave. Will show from 6pm - 7pm everyday until rented. HOMES FOR SALE Cabin in the Zuni Mountains 2 bedrooms 20 minutes from Grants, New Mexico 78,000.00. 505-240-2112 MOBILE HOMES MOBILE HOME SPACES Mobile Home Spaces – Single wide – any size $205/mo. Double Wide $260/mo. Call Mike 505-870-3430 or Carmelita 505870-4095. SERVICES FOREVER STRONG Personal Fitness Trainer Wowie’s Gym $25.00 Hourly Rate Monday, Wednesday, Friday 5:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Tuesday & Thursday 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Call: 505-728-2499 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org VEHICLES 2016 ATV Spanking Brand New (4x4) 400 CF-MOTO ATV Mileage: ZERO Sticker Price $4559 + $160 Taxes Total 4719 Will sell for $4200 505-287-3357
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GALLUP FILM FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
A BLOCK - El Morro Theatre 9:50 AM Welcoming Remarks 10 AM Sweet California-Caballero Music Video Reverse Psychology Short Monster Slayer Short Twin Stars Short Longshotsville Documentary Feature Dead River Drama Feature 12:55 PM BREAK A BLOCK - Event Center 10AM Little Party Queen Music Video September Sketch Book Animated Short 20 meters of Love in Montmartre Short The Tale of Three Thieves Short We Are In It Documentary Feature 12:55 PM BREAK B BLOCK - Event Center 1:15 PM BEANS Short Documentary About That Life Short *The Talk in the Night Short ABIDANCE Short Documentary Wishing for Rain in New Mexico Documentary Feature B BLOCK - El Morro Theatre 1:15 PM Bad Habits Short *The Hem Short Halvor’s Radio Short Adaptation Short The Rebound Documentary Feature *BitterSweet Foreign Film Feature 5:20 PM BREAK 6 PM GFF Awards Presentation For ticket information, see Friday’s calendar entry.
CHURCH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Join us for the Holy Eucharist. Begins: 10:30 am. For more information, please call (505) 863-4695. Location: 1334 S. Country Club Dr.
PLATEAU SCIENCES SOCIETY
The Plateau Sciences Society holds its first meeting of the fall season at 2:30 pm. The annual membership starts this month and dues are $10 for individuals and $15 for a couple. New or potential members welcome. The program will look at the impact Route 66 had on the cultures and economies of this region. Information: Martin Link, (505) 863-6459. The Society meets at the Red Mesa Center, 105 W. Hill St. TUESDAY Sept. 20
The meeting begins at 9 am. McKinley County Board of CALENDAR
Commissioners, 207 W. Hill Ave. (505) 863-1400.
PIRATE TODDLER TIME
Ahoy mateys, at 10:30 am, join if ye dare for a special pirate toddler time with stoires to entertain, so come in ye best pirate clothes and help us celebrate “talk like a pirate” day! Argh! Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave.
100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
Octavia Fellin Public Library is one of six libraries in New Mexico to partner with the New Mexico Humanities Council, to bring a very special reading grant, “5 Pulitzers in 5 Months” to our community. The library reads and discusses five Pulitzer-winning and nominated books. This discussion: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, 6 pm in the Main Library Meeting Room, 115 W. Hill Ave.
LAS REINAS DE GALLUP
Meet Miss Gallup Latina, Miss Gallup Teen Latina, and Mrs. New Mexico Latina as they talk about their road to becoming queens and what their goals are for culture in the area. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave.
GALLUP INTERFAITH COMMUNITY GATHERING
6:30 pm: a shared meal and fellowship at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Boardman Drive, 151 State Hwy. 564, near Orleans Manor Apartments. Get to know your neighbors and be a part of creating a better community. WEDNESDAY Sept. 21
TODDLER TIME (AGES 2 TO 4)
An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement, rhymes, and stories. Starts: 10:30 am. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Free
MAKER’S CLUB (AGES 7 AND UP)
A club for kids interested in science, math, building, and inventing. Each week features a different challenge, project, or experiment. This week: Lego Challenge. Starts: 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave.
Local talent takes center stage from 7:30 - 9:30 pm at Coal Street Pub, 303 W. Coal Ave. (505) 722-0117. THURSDAY Sept. 22
CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES)
Fun crafts for the whole family (all ages). Starts at 4 pm. This week: Hand-towel and
tissue-roll giraffe. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. ONGOING
ArtsCrawl is held the second Saturday of every month from 7 to 9 pm, downtown Gallup.
CARS N COFFEE
Every Sunday in the Camille’s parking lot from noon to 2 pm. Check out cars – new, old, vintage, and bikes. Cruise at 1:30 pm. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. Second St.
CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION CLASS
RMCHC Women’s Health Unit offers childbirth education classes, at no charge, every second Saturday of the month in the RMCH Library, 1901 Red Rock Drive, from 9 am-1 pm. Contact WHU at (505) 863-7026.
CITY OF GALLUP’S SUSTAINABLE GALLUP BOARD
First Monday of the month, from 3 - 5 pm. Community members concerned about conservation, energy, water, recycling, and other environmental issues are welcome. Call Bill Bright at (505) 722-0039 for information. Octavia Fellin Library: 115 W. Hill Ave.
COME TO THE WATERS
A nine-week exploration of some of the Bible’s more than 800 references to water — from the waters of chaos at the beginning of earth’s story to the river of the water of life in John’s Revelation – begins Aug. 31. The study begins at 7 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 151 State Highway 564 (Boardman Drive) – the Church on the Hill near Orleans Manor Apartments. All are welcome. For more information, call the church office at (505) 905-3247.
The Hope Garden offers organic produce for sale from 10 am - noon, Tue – Fri., 1130 E. Hassler Valley Rd. All funds go to helping feed local folks. Call (505) 726-8068 or when visiting, ask for Vernon Garcia.
FRIDAY NIGHT HOOTENANNY
Gallup’s longest-running live show! Every Friday night from 7 - 9 pm. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. Second St.
GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY
Wednesdays are low-cost Spay and Neuter Days, at the Gallup-McKinley County Humane Society. For more information, please call (505) 863-2616, or email: email@example.com. Location: 1315 Hamilton Rd.
The nonprofit hosts educational presentations and offers potential solutions about all things solar, every
Wednesday evening 6 - 8 pm. Your questions, ideas, and expertise are welcome. For info call: (505) 728-9246, 113 E. Logan.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY YARD SALE
The fundraisers are open 9 am noon every Saturday. If you have household items to donate or wish to volunteer on construction or another service call Bill Bright at (505) 722-4226, Warehouse Lane off Allison Road.
McKinley Citizens Recycling Council is a local nonprofit working to increase recycling through education, community outreach, and partnership with local government agencies. MCRC meets the first Saturday of the month at 2 pm, at Red Mesa on Hill St. For more information, please call (505) 722-5142 or visit Recylegallup.org. SAVE THE DATE
FACEBOOK FOR BEGINNERS
Sept. 23: The library is offering free computer training throughout the month of September. 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. Registration is required, to register call (505) 863-1291 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the front desk of the library. Octavia Fellin Public Library: 115 W. Hill Ave.
“SPOTLIGHT” PUBLIC DISCUSSION
“Spotlight: A Public Discussion about Faith, Journalism and Protecting Children from Sex Abuse” will be held Sept. 24, 6:30 to 8 pm, at Gallup’s El Morro Theatre, 207 W. Coal Ave. There will be free screenings of Spotlight, the 2015 Academy Award winner Best Picture of the Year, at 3 and 8:15 pm, and a panel discussion and public Q&A. Because of the mature content of the panel discussion and film, parents are asked not to bring any children younger than 15. Information: Elizabeth at (505) 870-0745.
BASIC COMPUTER CLASSES
Sept. 27 - 28, join the SBDC for a Community Ed Personal Enrichment event. Topics include: computer vocabulary, operation of programs, email information, Internet aid for online search, and creating your own documents.
Course fee: $100. Additional class dates: October 4 - 5 and 11 - 12. Begins: 5 pm. For more information, please call Denise Silva (505) 863-7743 or email email@example.com. Location: UNMG Calvin Hall, 203 College Rd.
ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI PARISH FIESTA
Oct. 2, noon to 5 pm. Mass begins at 10 am. Blessing of animals at noon — bring your beloved animal on leash or lead or in a container. Bike run, food, games, entertainment. Performance by Starlette Dancers and Bengal Girls, Dylan Vargas Karate demonstration, fire safety house, and lots more! Pie-eating contest! Karaoke contest! Drawing for the Calcutta Raffle starts at 5 pm — grand prize is $10,000. Tickets are $100 each, with only 350 tickets to be sold. For fiesta or ticket information, call Father Abel at (505) 863-3033 or Fran Palochak (505) 879-6570. St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 411 N. Second St.
FACEBOOK FOR BUSINESS
10 am – 4 pm, Oct. 6. Facebook Pages 101: A tow-hour course wherein you’ll learn the basics of setting up a corporate Facebook page. Facebook Advertising: A three-hour course that delves into Facebook ads manager and types of advertising campaigns. Register and pay by Sept. 30. $25.Call (505) 7222220. Held at Gallup Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room, 106 W. Hwy 66.
Learn the basics of QuickBooks accounting software. Seating is limited to eight. Register by Oct. 14. $90. Class is held Oct. 19, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Held at the Gallup Chamber of Commerce meeting room, 106 W. Hwy 66. Contact: Gallup Small Business Development Center, (505) 722-2220.
LEARN EXCEL SPREADSHEET
Learn the basics of using the Excel spreadsheet program and earn an 8G thumb-drive. Seating is limited. Register and pay by Oct. 17. $10. Class is held Oct. 20. Held at the Gallup Chamber of Commerce meeting room, 106 W. Hwy 66. Contact: Gallup Small Business Development Center, (505) 722-2220.
2016 WINTER ARTS & CRAFT FAIR
Dec. 3 – 4 at the Larry Brian Mitchell Recreation Center, 700 Montoya Blvd. (505) 7222619
To post a nonprofit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.
Gallup Sun • Friday September 16, 2016
Gallup Film Festival SEPTEMBER 16-18th, 2016 El Morro Theatre | Gallup, New MExico
LIVE MUSIC | VENDOR ARTS MARKET | SPECIAL GUESTS Downtown Conference Center | Vendor Market between 2nd St. - 3rd St. on Coal
42FILMS ALL OVER THE WORLD GERMANY, SPAIN, GREECE, POLAND, ITALY
Featuring “Te Ata”
RUSSIA, TURKEY, CANADA, FRANCE, IRAN, SWEDEN
CALIFORNIA, ALBUQUERQUE, SANTA FE & TAOS
special guests Q&A MARTINSENSMEIERFROM THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
roger willie | gary farmer | guest director&more For more information on tickets, full screening schedule, films, live music acts, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities visit our web page www.gallupfilmfestival.com
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